There’s nothing wrong with the old barbecue standard of hot dogs, burgers, ribs, or a half dozen chicken wings. But that gets old pretty quickly. It’s also so easy now to raise your grilling repertoire to new heights, what with more interesting recipes and barbecue gear available than ever before. One of our favorite things to throw on the grill is a pizza. Everything from a simple Pizza Margherita to a meat lovers pie gets elevated thanks to a charred, smoky crust. And that’s why we’re so giddy over the Ooni Koda. A sleek, portable, propane-powered pizza oven, it’s made for stepping your backyard brick oven-ish game.
The Ooni Koda measures two feet tall, 16 inches wide, and a foot deep, which allows for roughly 175 square inches of cooking surface — enough for one personal pizza at a time. It’s a beautiful, a sleek, angular oven with a pressed, powder-coated carbon steel shell with a stainless steel inner. There’s also a custom cast aluminum frame in the front and 20 millimeters of mineral fiber insulation that serves to keep heat concentrated inside the unit.
A portable propane-powered pizza oven that makes preparing pizza in your backyard easy.
It comes preassembled. To set it up, simply unfold the three legs, slide the included pizza stone into the oven, and hook up a propane supply to the connection in the rear of the oven, just below the single dial that lets you turn on the oven and adjust the temperature.
The relatively small size of the Ooni Koda would be an issue for cooking for a crowd if it didn’t get so damn hot. We’re talking 932 degrees Fahrenheit, a number that feels borderline dangerous but means it’s possible to cook a pizza to blistered, melty perfection in just a couple of minutes. It also means you can have friends assemble a bunch of pies with their choice of toppings and then cook them one after another.
Another bonus: The Koda weighs just over 20 pounds, so you can bring it along to a friend’s house, a tailgate, or any other outdoor celebration that might benefit from some fresh pies. Isn’t that every one?
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